It’s always a good idea to get a home inspection when buying Real Estate in Lethbridge, Alberta. You have found a home you like, so what comes first, the property inspection or the offer to purchase?
Almost all the time the offer is first. The inspection will come after you have an accepted offer to purchase. Offers are written normally subject to a satisfactory home inspection. That means after you have a contract, you have the right to do a home inspection, (at the your expense). If you are not happy with the home inspection, depending on how your contract is written, you have the opportunity to get out of the contract, or renegotiate.
You can get an inspection before writing an offer, but this can be a bit risky, and there are not really any advantages to doing it. You could get a home inspection, be happy with it, and then write an offer, and then find that the seller will not sell for anything but full price or does not accept any of your conditions. Or you could get the inspection, and while the inspection is being done, someone else comes in and writes an offer that is really good with no conditions, and you lose the approximately $400.00 that you paid for the inspection. Also, if you are getting financing on a property, you might choose to wait until the bank has approved you and the property before spending the money on an inspection. Basically, you do not want to spend the money on an inspection for a home that you may not be able to buy.
The exception is a Court Ordered Sale. If you are dealing with a Court Ordered Sale, you might have to do your property inspection before an accepted offer, as many court ordered sales will not accept any conditions.
Here’s a list of Lethbridge Home Inspectors http://www.viewlethbridge.com/lethbridgepropertyinspectors.html